If you go down to the woods on August 23rd, you’re sure for a big surprise. Deeply ensconced in the woodland somewhere between Lincoln and Newark is the Lost Village Festival, one of the most enigmatic, mystery-speckled new events on the UK summer festival calendar.

Generally, music festivals are judged first and foremost by their lineups, and if that is the case then Lost Village will hold its own with any competitors. But for Lost Village, that is just the beginning of the story. The first thing to grab the eye is the bespoke culinary options that will be on offer across the weekend: Tommy Banks, he of the Black Swan in Oldstead, rated by TripAdvisor as the number one restaurant *in the world* in 2017, will be on site laying on a tribal banquet, whereas Sunday roasts will be looked after by the sought-after Hawksmoor team. The acclaimed Indian food masters Dishoom will also be making their festival debut with a glittering array of Bombay comfort food. Your average festival burger van this ain’t.

With bellies full, there is an impressive cabal of contemporary envelope-pushing artists to help burn the calories away. Friendly Fires, Four Tet and Everything Everything are set to headline, with all three having been responsible for spearheading the last ten years of creativity in British music. Friendly Fires recently made their return after a six-year absence, their comeback a timely reminder of how the Mercury-nominated band set the trend upon their arrival at the end of the last decade. There has been no such absence for Kieran Hebden, who in addition to his work with Thom Yorke, Burial, Caribou and others, has been putting out masterful records under the Four Tet moniker at a consistent rate for nearly two decades, including last year’s quietly majestic New Energy. Rounding out the trio are Manchester art-rock quartet Everything Everything, their David Byrne-meets-James Murphy avant-pop songwriting having long since established them as one of the eminent British bands of the new millennium.

And that, of course, is just the start. Some of the crème de la crème of electronic experimentalists are on the bill, including Daniel Avery, Mount Kimbie, Maribou State and The Black Madonna. Hybrid Afrobeat vibes will be supplied by the towering Ibibio Sound Machine, whilst The Go! Team will bring their liquid-genred pop bounce to the Lincolnshire wilderness too. Helena Hauff and Jordan Rakei may be amongst the sleeper hits of the weekend, their recent records both winning heavyweight acclaim. Meanwhile, Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay and Mr. Scruff are just a few of the legendary DJs on hand to soundtrack the weekend.

But that still is not the full story. The secrets of Lost Village will not be fully revealed until the folks descend upon the shrouded site, but there will be a full programme of talks, debates and interviews at the Curious Minds section of the Village, with titles of talks ranging from ‘When Black Mirror Becomes Real Life’ to ‘How To Upgrade Your Orgasm’, whilst Charlotte Church will be delivering the first annual Lost Village Lecture. Over at the Lost Theatre, a host of comedians will be on hand to clear out the hangover cobwebs, including Russell Kane and Tiffany Stevenson. The Lake of Tranquillity will be the place to physically restore yourself in the luxury spas and wood-fired hot tubs.

When it feels like all festivals are becoming echoes of each other, Lost Village is a legitimate standout from the pack. Few events make such a concerted effort to offer something that can honestly be described as a unique experience, but in this case, Lost Village could be the real deal.